Sorority Honors Three Women Who Made Difference

Lyndia Grant | 12/10/2009, 12:43 a.m.

The ladies of Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Incorporated, (Delta Pi Chapter of Silver Spring, Md.), along with Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-Md.) came together Sat., Dec. 5, to honor three women who have made a difference in the lives of their communities with a prayer breakfast at La Fontaine Bleue in Annapolis, Md. Soror Lyndia Grant, who serves as The Religious Columnist for The Washington Informer is the chapter president, and Soror Karen Rogers, a successful real estate agent served as the event chair.

A business and professional sorority, founded in 1943, at Lewis Business College in Detroit, Michigan, the theme of the breakfast was €The Eradication of Juvenile Delinquency.€ The honorees were honored because they fit perfectly in the national 5-point program of Gamma Phi Delta€s MEEPS Program, an acronym for M-embership; E-ducation; E-conomic Development; P-ublic Relations and S-ocial Action.

The Congresswoman talked about how important it is to stay connected to women groups such as sororities.

€Women get things done, they make change happen, they raise monies for scholarships, they work in shelters to help the needy and downtrodden!€ said Edwards.

Edwards reminded the audience, €It is important each of you make contact with your elected officials, write letters; make phone calls to tell us what you want,€ she said.

Edwards promised the audience, €President Obama€s Health Care Bill will eventually pass, and everyone will benefit as look ahead to find ways to help alleviate the unemployment rates that have continued to escalate,€ she said.

Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards of Fort Washington represents Maryland€s 4th Congressional District comprising portions of Prince George€s and Montgomery Counties. Rep. Edwards is a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Science and Technology Committee.

Fellow honoree Sharon Bullock, owner of Metamorphosis Apparel and Accessories Boutique in Silver Spring, told the sell-out crowd that she once stalked a building in which she dreamed of owning a boutique.

€I drove to that building and stared at it every day for six months!€ said Bullock, who claimed the space, walking by faith. And though she had no idea of how to bring her dream into fruition, she began with visualization and imagination. Bullock did exactly what Hebrews 11:1 tells us, €For we walk by faith, not by sight.€ Dreams do still come true!

Rev. Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness, another honoree was presented with the Education Award for having served as a youth advocate for many years. As a pastor, Holness was able to stir audience members to their feet during her acceptance speech. Holness, a college administrator and talk show host, also pastors the Christ Our Redeemer African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Northwest, was elected the 1st female clergy President of the Council of Churches of Greater Washington.

The third honoree, Brenda Jones, founder of Parklands Community Center located in TheARC on Mississippi Avenue, Southeast, was honored for her commitment and service to the organization. Jones told the audience of many of the trials and tribulations the organization has faced over the years, including recent budget cuts caused by the DC City Council.

Jones received the Social Action Award. Jones opened the doors of the Parklands Community Center in 1980, motivated by the growing violence in her community and the lack of accessible recreational outlets and positive alternatives for the large number of children and youth living in the community. Following a full-time, day job, Jones established activities for young people to fill a void in the evening. Eventually, Jones resigned from her job to work full time at the Center and expanded its hours.

€Gamma Phi Delta Sorority is proud to have presented Jones, Holness, and Bullock with special awards for serving as advocates for young people and adults in their communities. Each has fought for justice and ways to help improve the lives of the people around them,€ Grant said.